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By Broekhuis, Hans

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This research indicates that Scandinavian item shift and so-called A-scrambling within the continental Germanic languages are an identical, and goals at supplying an account of the adaptation that we discover with appreciate to this phenomenon via combining convinced facets of the Minimalist application and Optimality concept. extra in particular, it's claimed that representations created through a simplified model of the computational method of human language CHL are evaluated in an optimality theoretic model via taking recourse to a really small set of output constraints.

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This becomes especially apparent when we consider the differences in the view on the output of the generator. We have already seen that although MP allows for non-singleton reference sets, it is generally taken for granted that the reference set is very small and that differences between the members of this set are limited in type, perhaps confined to differences in movement. In OT, on the other hand, it is generally maintained that the output of the generator is in principle infinitely large, and that the members of the set may differ in a wide variety of ways.

3), for example, suggests that “rearrangement” phenomena like extraposition, right-node raising, VPadjunction and scrambling are not part of core syntax. It is generally admitted in OT-syntax that the generator is the locus of the “truly” universal properties of language. For example, Grimshaw (1997) assumes that the structures formed by the generator conform to some version of X-bar-theory, Pesetsky (1998) and Anderson (2000) adopt some version of generative grammar as the generator, and Bresnan (2000) and Sells (2001) argue in favor of some version of Lexical Functional Grammar.

2 that the filters introduced in Chomsky (2001) actually suffice to determine whether certain movements may or may not apply. A general problem with filters is, however, that they tend to take the form of ad hoc stipulations that simply reformulate descriptive generalizations or the description of certain states of affairs in a semi-formal language. Since it is not obvious that this will lead to any deeper insights, the D&E framework adopts the idea that filters should be subject to further investigation, and be derived from more primitive notions of the theory.

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